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As I wrote somewhere else  Oz, I applaud whoever it was said "bugger the rules, get it done and we can argue the niceties later"...

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Yes Brew, I wish someone would do that here, if you are over 50 you can now have the AZ vaccine even though not all in care homes, residents and carers have been vaccinated and neither have 70+ years olds. Pi$$ up in a brewery comes to mind on the way they have organised the jab roll out here.

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We were slow at starting vaccinations but it seems we are going well at the moment. Still not in line with UK and USA. But we're getting there if the vaccines keep up.

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Jab 2 of Pfizer done yesterday afternoon.

 

Arrived at the entrance exactly 5 mins early again but this time instead of getting in on time there was a 15 minute queue along the front of the old Lenton T.V Studios.

Same amount of time inside including the 15 mins after wait.

 

Same after symptoms as last time, arm aches a bit, that's all.

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I finally had my 2nd jab on 28th April. I was very concerned about whether I was well enough, as I came out of hospital on the 18th April and still having slow recovery from Pancreatitis, lots of pain! Doc said to have it, so hubs got me to the 'jab station'. Very pleased to say there was no problems, and thrilled I had the vaccine. 

 

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5 an 3      or 21s  ??

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It is a game of dominos called five and three where each end can be divaded by five or three. Its had to explaine if you have not played it. 

21 is when you have a score bord and each time you or your partner score its the first to reach 21points I'm sure some member will add more,

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Whilst it is good that we are now slowly relaxing the lockdown rules there are two that I am not sure about.

One is the relaxation of wearing masks in schools. There has been an outbreak in a school in Long Eaton of 100 cases amongst pupils and staff causing the closedown of the school for a while. I believe this was the “Indian” strain which is more contagious. 
This week I have started invigilating at my local school again (so nice to be doing something “normal” for a change) wearing a mask even though I am scribing on a one to one basis which does not interfere with it at all. Even though there have been no officially reported cases in the school for a while I am not sure whether I would feel confident to do it without a mask especially when I will be in a room with 45 pupils which has no windows to provide ventilation. Whilst the above case, hopefully, will be a one off I do think that another few weeks of this regulation would not hurt, especially as we now know this strain has appeared in Nottinghamshire. 
The second one is foreign holidays. Whilst the countries on the green list have very few cases there will be tourists there from countries where the incidence of the virus will be high. I do appreciate I will probably get some flak about this as I know some are desperate to go abroad for a holiday but am not convinced that the present guidelines will prevent new variants being imported into the country (re the above Long Eaton case). Also will we end up in a position as before where countries are suddenly taken off the green list and there are loads of people scrambling to get home before quarantine kicks in?

Whilst I appreciate all reopening poses a chance of a rise in infections, especially in those who have not been vaccinated, I do feel we still do not have rigorous enough systems in place (whatever happened to track and trace - you don’t hear about it now even though Dido Harding has received millions more for it) to deal with some of the issues.

I have now had my two injections (Pfizer) and on Friday it will be 3 weeks since my second so they should have kicked in fully so do feel more confident about going places although I don’t think I would go inside a restaurant/pub. Possibly a bit cautious of me but  wouldn’t feel comfortable about it at the moment, perhaps in a few weeks it might change.

 

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In reply to SG, (won't quote,it's too long).

Maybe it's just me, but I cannot, for the life of me understand this obsession with, "desperate to get abroad for a holiday". What's wrong with England?

I realise and understand that people want to broaden their horizons and visit other cultures, but I've heard folks say they are "desperate". Surely nobody's that desperate.

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We’ve always enjoyed flying off on vacation and in fact we should have been flying to Seattle today, booked last November when we assumed all this would have been over weeks/months ago.  So that’s the third overseas trip we’ve had cancelled in the past 14 months. 
I’ve got used to being stuck at home to be honest, haven’t got any enthusiasm to consider any trips in the near future.  We’ve got a trip out today though, up to a funeral at Wilford Hill, not a Covid death I hasten to point out.  

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Not been abroad for 3 years now.......really miss it............

Winter months are my favourite...Spain's winter is better than our summer...

Miss the Sun..Blue clear Sea....also miss many friends over there..Live music..and Dancing..every night.. after walking or Biking in the warm weather.......mixing with the locals and trying to speak the language....

         Was going to say ''not desperate to go''........but i am...ASAP

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We’ve not been abroad for a holiday in years. There’s so many places in Britain we’ve yet to visit without the hassle of airports and the boredom of flying. I dislike flying when I’m not at the controls. Some of the people who learnt to fly at the same time as I did went on to become airline pilots and, quite frankly, I would be scared to fly with them! We had a favourite place on the Lizard, near to the Helford river where we rented a cottage and another place on the west coast of Scotland where we stayed regularly. We haven’t been away for a holiday in seven years. Quite honestly it’s so pleasant round here and there’s so much to do that every day is a holiday. Also I dislike very hot weather!

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It's far from simple..

All of the scientists are saying that any relaxation of restrictions must be assessed over a period of about 5 weeks, to allow for any rise in infections and consequent effects to be fully understood... before moving on ( or not) to any further relaxation.

 

As Stav points out.. the younger bits of society are basically forced into close contact via school, college etc.. and of course the irresistable force of adolescence..  And yet those are the very groups which are as yet the least vaccinated.  As far as I can see there is no plan yet to roll out mass vaccination of groups under 18.  Ok, they are mostly at little risk from the virus, but they can still be 'vectors' and infect teachers, relatives etc.

 

Govt. seems to be putting its faith in the fact that most of the vulnerable are now vaccinated, and that the amount of virus 'out there' is low.  Yet the fact remains that this country..like every other.. started with a single case or so.. which..before detection..was spread exponentially.  that is what seems to keep happening in some schools. 

 

And of course, while the vaccine is a huge help..it does not provide 100% protection and it's not yet known how long the protection lasts.

 

As for foreign holidays.  Lots of people seem to live for them and some seem to go several times a year.. spending the time in between talking and dreaming about them. Personally, I'm not a frequent flyer.. but the state of the weather in this country so far this year has even me thinking back to lazy days on the beach in Cancun.

 

Still.. I don't waste 'available Sunlight' here.. and have already managed to nearly top up the tan I lost over the winter..:tanning:

 

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Used to know a couple who thought that, unless you traveled a very long way or flown, then it wasn't a 'proper holiday'. But they always trawled the papers for £9.50 breaks, usually in the Sun. Got bugger all in the way of refinements, but eh, they were cheap.

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I think I have a different view to many, on what constitutes a holiday.  At its most basic, I would not be seen dead fighting for a parking spec in Blackpool or anywhere else on a Bank Holiday.  I leave that to others and try to enjoy the relative peace in my garden.

 

I like the weather and the sea in the Med and similar places.. but I can't be doing with crowded beaches.. people who are rat arsed 24/7 for a fortnight.. and especially people who are legless before they board the plane out and spend the duration of the flight being anti social.

 

I'm basically just an old misery...:P

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Stick with it....

 

 

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